Dr. Thomas J. Lowell, Chairman of the Board
Cary, North Carolina
Although presently living in the United States, Dr. Lowell knows what it’s like to be a field missionary. He leads TWR’s board with over 35 years of experience, 14 of which were spent in Bonaire and Guam. Since transferring to TWR’s International Headquarters in 1979, his responsibilities have included director of international operations and executive vice president. He became president in 1994 and served in this role until June 30, 2002. He was named Chairman of the Board following the death of Dr. E. Brandt Gustavson, who was chairman for five years. Dr. Lowell and his wife, Glenda, have three sons and one daughter.
Lauren Libby, TWR President & CEO
Hailing from a small farming community in Kansas, Lauren became global media ministry TWR’s fourth president in December 2008. He formerly served with The Navigators in Colorado Springs, Colo., in various senior executive roles. Lauren is member of the Board of Directors for the National Religious Broadcasters, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and Northwestern College. Additionally, he cofounded Educational Communications of Colorado Springs, which comprises 15 radio stations and 28 translators. Lauren and his wife, June, have one adult son.
David Ross Campbell owns and operates Camaco Financial Group Inc. and works in the area of financial planning. He earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary and holds Chartered Life Underwriting (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designations. A member of Southview Alliance Church in Calgary, Campbell currently serves as vice chairman of the TWR’s Canadian Board of Directors. Mr. Ross and his wife, Nancy, have five children.
Bert Stokes, Treasurer
Greensboro, North Carolina
H. Bert Stokes earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Western Carolina University. He has previous board experience with the Greater Greensboro Youth for Christ and Faith in Focus. He is currently vice president of the Vance H. Havner Scholarship Fund and elder at Friendly Hill Church PCA in Jamestown, NC. Mr. Stokes is a certified public accountant and senior partner at Davenport, Marvin, Joyce and Company, an accounting firm in Greensboro.
Wade Ficken, Vice Chairman
Cary, North Carolina
Wade Ficken formerly served as chief operating officer and chief financial officer for Engineous Software in Cary, NC and currently works for LexisNexis. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Samford University in Birmingham, AL. In addition, he earned a Masters of Business Administration at Vanderbilt University. Members of Colonial Baptist Church in Cary, he and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children.
Daniel Blakely, Secretary
St. Clair Shores, Michigan
Since the early 1980s, Mr. Blakely has served as president of Blakely Products Company, a family-owned floor covering business with six locations. Blakely received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Business Management) in 1970 from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. He is a longtime member of Community Baptist Church in St. Clair Shores, and his wife, Janet, is a former overseas missionary.
A longtime board member with Evangeliums Rundfunk (ERF), TWR’s partner organization in Germany, Joachim Loh was formerly chief executive officer of Joachim Loh Group, a German conglomerate which includes consumer and industrial goods manufacturing companies, but has recently retired. An active board member of a German Bible institute, he attends a Brethren assembly and serves as a dean for worldwide missions. Mr. Loh and his wife, Ruthild, have three children.
Born in China but raised in Argentina, Mr. Yang graduated from Buenos Aires National University Law School in 1981. He has worked as an attorney for two different law firms and was the vice president of California National Bank. Currently, he is the chairman of Pony China Ltd., which was recently sold to Adidas. He and his wife, Clare, have a daughter and a son.
A partner in the business law firm of Messrs So Keung Yip & Sin (SKYS), Mr. Yen has been practicing law in Hong Kong and serving as legal adviser to a wide array of prestigious corporations over matters of intellectual property rights, trademarks, design and patents. Barry Yen received degrees in Art and Law from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Mr. Yen’s wife, Tina, serves as a school administrator. The couple has a son, Joshua.
A business consultant from Nairobi, Kenya, Valentine Gitoho has served on the board of TWR-Kenya. She was raised in Christian home but did not become a believer in Christ until she was 32. With more than 30 years experience with audit, tax, banking and consulting, she has spent numerous years as a financial management consultant for both secular and Christian organizations. Mrs. Gitoho received a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA from University of Chicago Business School. She and her husband, James, have two children.
Jeffrey C. Jones of Bloomington, Indiana, is the president/CEO of an educational publishing company. Mr. Jones earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University in 1980. Since then, he has worked in various marketing, fundraising, management and business services roles. Jeffrey will bring fresh perspective and a wealth of experience from his more than 30 years of diverse professional endeavors. He and his wife, Margaret, have four children.
A board member of TWR’s partner ministry in Brazil since 2000, Mr. Rempel was led to the Lord at the age of 18 by former TWR missionary Edmund Spieker. He has worked as a mechanical engineer and partner at Rempel & Co. Ltd., a family business started by his father. He currently serves as part-time senior pastor of the Evangelical Free Church of São Paulo. Mr. Rempel’s wife, Celina, is an active volunteer national coordinator for TWR’s Project Hannah. The couple has two children.
A pastor, motivational speaker and video host of the “Experiencing God Online” Bible study series, Sal J. Sberna III serves as senior pastor at Metropolitan Baptist Church of Houston. He was recently interviewed on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” about his teaching series “The Theology of the iPod.” A graduate of Criswell Bible College, Dr. Sberna also earned an M.B.A. from Dallas Baptist University and a doctorate from Trinity Seminary. He and his wife, Kristi, have two grown children.
Sonajharia Minz, Board Member
New Delhi, India
Born to a “God-fearing tribal couple from central India” who sent her to a school where Scripture was a daily part of the curriculum, Dr. Minz’s Ph.D. in computer science was earned at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University, a leading institution where she then became a faculty member and administrator. She first learned of TWR India because of its broadcasts in her native language, Kurux, and later helped train the ministry’s staff in computer skills. Today she serves on the board of TWR India, is married to the Rev. Batuel Ekka, and is the mother of a son and daughter.